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Aljunied resident: I am most disappointed by Chen Show Mao’s dismal performance

Posted by temasektimes on October 16, 2012

I am an Aljunied GRC constituent and I voted for Chen Show Mao partly because of his past star quality and partly because I abhor the indefensible humongous salaries that the Ministers are paying themselves.

I hope Chen bucks up to our expectation, because otherwise I would be in a dilemma whether to swing my vote back to the PAP. But I have vowed that for so long as the Ministers are grabbing such unjustifiable salaries for themselves I would not vote for them. So, maybe I have no choice but to continue to vote for Chen despite his poor performance.

It seems so long ago and so far away when Chen first joined the WP. My Chinese scholar friend even predicted that ten years down the road, PM Lee would lament to the high heavens: “ji sheng Mao, he sheng Loong?” just like the way Chou Yu (in the Romance of the Three Kingdom) did in his death- bed: “ji sheng Yu, he sheng Liang” after he was repeatedly outwitted by Zhu Ke Liang’s mastery.

Now, it seems that this prediction would never come true if Chen continues in his lackadaisical dismal performance. Perhaps we now have to turn our hopes to Chee Soon Juan who has been consistently outspoken against the high salaries of the Ministers.

GEORGE HUANG

*The identity and particulars of the writer are kept confidential to protect him from being harassed by fanatical WP supporters who often resort to hooligan tactics online and offline to silence their critics.

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Joke of the day: Two men and a lady stranded on an island

Posted by temasektimes on October 15, 2012

Two Italian men and a lady stranded on a desert island;
– The two fought and one KILLED the other to have the lady.

Two American men and a lady stranded on a desert island;
– They both had the lady TOGETHER.

Two French men and a lady stranded on a desert island;
– They killed the lady to have EACH OTHER.

Two Indonesian men and a lady stranded on a desert island;
– The first man claimed that island is independent and took the lady as his advisor.
– The second man swam to another island to search for jobs.

Two Thai men and a lady stranded on a desert island;
– The first man rented the lady to the second man for 2 baht a night.

Two Filipino men and a lady stranded on a desert island;
– The first man kidnapped the lady and asked for ransom from the other man.

Two Malaysian men and a lady stranded on a desert island;
– The lady ACCUSED the first man of sodomizing the other because she was rejected by both.

Two Singaporean men and a lady stranded on a desert island;
– The two men are still waiting for instructions from the GOVERNMENT on how to proceed.

*The above was first posted as a comment on The Temasek Times.

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Overpopulation will lead to an implosion

Posted by temasektimes on October 12, 2012

I agree that Malay wedding at void decks add colour to our Singapore cultural fabric. However now with the over crowding, people’s tolerance to noise and over crowding have changed. Many people are craving for a little peace of mind and more personal space.

May we still maintain our way of life without adding further dress on other residents? Can we move funerals and weddings and other community events to a the town hall? This would reduce the noise levels for those who are studying or need peace and quiet for rest and healing. Locating at town halls and community halls still preserves our way of life and give other people more peace of mind. All these intolerance is a result of our poor immigration policies.

This is what is called cabin fever which usually occurs in winter time when big numbers of people are restricted by weather conditions to remain in one place such as home and dorms. Studies have shown that quarrels and fights increased in this period. We have cramped too many people in a small island and tolerance levels are dropping. So it is useless to keep talking about integration when more FTs are being cramped into an already crowded Singapore.

Take a human being growths and the person is growing up skywards becoming taller and reaching for the skies but here we r expanding sideways which means getting fat and thus is not healthy to our economy. Over feeding will cause an implosion.

SINGAPURABOI

*The above was first posted as a comment on The Temasek Times.

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Time to forgive Amy Cheong and move on

Posted by temasektimes on October 9, 2012

I feel Amy has already been punished and NTUC has stated its stand. But looking at her picture being splash all over the papers’s headline today, I do feel humanely sad for her. How is she going to walk with her head up. Although what she did could potentially could stir up a major situation in some countries, but in Singapore we are still very civil, though we must not take for granted.

In the end its about balance and I do feel the community leaders should stand up to help her walk out of her current situation. The last we want is for her to do anything detrimental to herself due to the pressure she is facing now. Losing a job in less than 24 hours is very tramatic not to mention thousands of people scolding and commenting on her,she probably cannot walk out of her house.

Her martial states “its complicated”, not sure if she has anyone to support her. In the end, she did not kill, steal or rob anyone, does she seserved to be plastered all over and be humiliated? She lost her livelihood, where is her next income going to come, not to mention how is she going to be employed in the short term. It would wiser to have a community leaders (including Malays) to walk her out, counsel her and have closure over this matter. We would be better off as a society.

FRED YAP

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The government should serve the people, not lord over them

Posted by temasektimes on October 8, 2012

With all due respect Mr Lee Hsien Loong should not be overly concerned by the comments made by netizens. Some are indeed rude. Even vulgar and totally inappropriate. But……..Mr Lee, this is democracy! Messy, loud and even confusing sometimes… but at least everyone has the right to think and speak their minds. Do you still want to be a control freak and curtail the further growth of Singapore into a more open and freer society? Looks to me Mr Lee that you will not give up on the Internal Security Act (ISA) as you want to have the vile/evil power to detain citizens without trial. You still can have a form of deterrent against anarchists and troublemakers hellbent on destroying Singapore without resorting to the draconian ISA. It is high time now that we make amendments: we are now better educated and certainly do not need this ‘hoon’ law.

Singapore can be justifiably proud when we look just around us. Within the South-East Asian region we shine as a beacon of truth and light….with reasonable wealth as well. But alas, Mr Lee you’re no longer committed to the nation’s continued growth and prosperity. Seems that you’re more interested in your own gain and political power rather than improving the lives of your fellow Singaporeans. I’ve seen and heard your arguments in parliament when you argued for million dollars salaries for your ministers. I’m not convinced. If your ministers are that good, even yourself, you should resign and make yourself available in the private sector. That way, you will earn more money (your implied claim) isn’t it?? I’d strongly encourage you and your ministers to do so.

I will never criticise for criticism sake. We need to re-evaluate the present situation in Singapore. Amend/improve upon them wherever possible….. With An All Out Effort! You have the power and resources. Just Do It!!

I hope that I’m not being discourteous and disrespectful for writing these forthright and sincere comments. Thanks, one and all. You may criticise me for all you like.

To the precious government ministers: If you cannot take the heat please, please
stay out of the kitchen!

Do remember : As the government you should serve us and not lord over us.

JULIE ONG

*The above was first posted as a comment on The Temasek Times

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Opposition supporter: Shameful of WP to affiliate with the PAP

Posted by temasektimes on October 7, 2012

This sad turn of event is indeed disheartening for Singaporeans, especially those in Aljunied GRC. They must have felt betrayed. No wonder those WP MPs have been silent on issues which adversely affect the lives of Singaporeans.

But not to worry. True blue Singaporeans are not to be fooled again come 2016. The WP have chosen to affiliate with the PAP. It can then be held that no vote for WP is no vote for PAP. The latter must now be very desperate. What went on between the two behind closed doors appears to be quite obvious now.

I am sure many WP members and supporters do not align themselves with this cordial relationship which they surely feel is against the party’s principles and honour. The party leadership seems to agree with the adage “If you can’t beat them, join them”. This is indeed a shameful move. But for people without any face, there’s no face to lose.

But all is not lost. There are other political parties and they see the WP as very disgusting as fellow opposition. They must now take this as a lesson and pledge not to follow such lowdown bootlicking. With the current hot issues which the government bulldoze around, unhappy Singaporeans can still vote in more opposition MPs, not including the WP. Desperate tactics to increase foreign born citizens will not help the PAP-WP alliance to win by a very big margin.

The SDP, RP and NSP should join hands to form another party to take on the PAP and WP in GE2016. Victory is not impossible. Consider Singaporeans’ interest first, party’s second. Unhappy Singaporeans are waiting.

ROBIN

*The above was first posted as a comment on The Temasek Times.

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Who will help needy Singaporeans if not the government?

Posted by temasektimes on October 1, 2012

We want a robust society that every man can fend for himself. We want a man to fight for his own living, to earn according to his talent (as valued by an open market economy). We put on the pedestal the parents who work 12 hours shift to put their children through University. The children in turn take care of the parents in their old age.

And finally, we abhor the notion of the dependent citizen being a leech onto society, lazy and being a bum. If he is old and destitute, it is his fault, since he did not bother or was not wise enough to save for his old age. He has no claim on society’s benevolence, no claim as a citizen, he has no claim for health care or fear from hunger, he has no right to even ask, he was told to be tough and wise, but he was foolish and feeble.And since he is unable to be part of the more “upright”, “capable”, “talented” and “dependent free” Singaporeans, he deserved to be where he is, in need and without help or hope.

I think there is an existential belief in our elites that they are appointed by God; a Darwinism that is raw and coarse, stripped of graces, humility and Noblesse oblige. And what is even more troubling is that they have greater affinity to the global elites than they have with fellow Singaporeans. Is it a wonder that many rich people (US and Europe) descend upon Singapore? They too believe in low taxes, minimal social spending, no inheritance tax, no capital tax, because sharing in a Darwinian society is a cataclysmic paradox; it at once takes away the reason why some should be rich and others poor, it takes legitimacy away from opulence and taints it with guilt, and more importantly it bares the truth that humanity is equality, not a progressive apex where X men appear. As Ecclesiastes showed, the rich man, the poor man, the wise man and the fool, they all die. Yes, I understand that LKY did say that he will get up even when he is six feet underground if Singapore is in trouble, but I rather think that is rhetorical.

Least I am accused of a being Marxist or Communist, lets say I have no illusions with the pomposity of Communists elites; there are enough corruption cases on either end of the cold war spectrum, that elites whether Capitalists or Communists are not that different.

But least I am accused of being emotional and not level headed. Let me show some numbers with regards to how the richest nation on Earth treats its “wayward” citizens. Among Advanced Economies (which include, Iceland, Israel), we spend the least on healthcare at 4% of GDP, almost all other Advanced countries spending is more than double ours. Again, among Advanced countries only Singapore has no unemployment benefits. While, the logic is that the Government will help the unemployed seek employment, the fact is, low unemployment does not mean no unemployment. And more elderly are working, not because they are saving to buy the BMW, but they cannot afford to retire, and about 40% as menial workers competing with the FTs.

When the Government talk about the silent majority, these are the ones they neglect talking about. They are not ones clamoring for benefits, they are not ones going online asserting their rights, they just silently go about their lives in full acceptance of their position in life. But how can we as members of this community called Singapore just keep quiet?

“Help is not something they are absolutely entitled to?” Sigh. If they are not entitled to be helped then who is? If no one needs to be helped then are we already in Heaven?

BK

*The above was first posted as a comment on The Temasek Times.

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My thoughts on the Ng Boon Gay corruption trial

Posted by temasektimes on September 30, 2012

Ms Sue must not forget she is only a witness and not the complainant in this case.

All she needs to do is just tell it the way it was for the sake of the administration of justice.

Whether Ng is finally acquitted or convicted is none of her business but that of the prosecutors’.

But her demeanor displayed thus far is exposing her to public scrutiny and even ridicule. Why the trouble. What she would need most is a lawyer to advise her accordingly instead of the flabby bodyguards.

One can be a prosecution witness in any case and whatever the outcome at the end of the day both sides can still be friends.

Sexual exploitation and sexual harassment are common tools used by sexual predators around the world. In South Korea, company directors sexually exploited a starlet until she committed suicide.

Singapore with the patriarch passionate about being the first in everything is trying to introduce sex as a bribery tool.

In the same vein many years ago they tried to introduce a charge of “raping prostitutes”.

I remember a police sergeant and 2 constables under him were hauled to court with a charge of raping a prostitute. During the trial at the high court the mattress used by them and hundreds of the prostitute’s clients was exhibited together with the grim.

Even the sergeant smoking a cigarette exhausted after the “rape” was given as part of the testimony. They were convicted but fortunately exonerated the appeals court.

Sex is a service provided willingly by prostitutes and the act committed by the policemen was none other than not paying for services rendered. Otherwise it is like charging restaurant patrons for robbery for not paying for the food.

The way I look at it Ng could only be guilty of sexual exploitation if ever there is one. We shall see.

 

SIMON WEE

*The above was first posted as a comment on The Temasek Times.

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Be realistic: Impossible for government to meet expectations of everybody

Posted by temasektimes on September 29, 2012

Government works for the people, but they are not God. They work in the best interest of the country and its people, but not for the unreasonable individual requests. Don’t blame all problems on the government, some are self created. Take housing for example, everyone is assured that price for HDB first time buyer is affordable. But many ended homeless because they used their flat as a trading commodity.

They sold their first flat, making good profit and spending them all, bought another unit with maximum loan and hoping to make another good profit again. Some did it a few times, until a day when they have problem servicing their loan, they ended up homeless. These people then approached HDB to buy or rent but was rejected because they already used up all their entitlements of buying twice directly from HDB and pocketing good profit. If HDB were to help these people then more will treat their flat as commodity trading.

When become homeless request for aid got rejected, the blame again falls on the government. Someone mentioned why we need foreign cleaners to clear trashes. It is because many Singaporeans are littering and not many Singaporean want to be cleaners. We also need other foreign workers to drive the economy otherwise businesses will go to other countries and we will have less jobs for our people. We need more businesses here to create job for ourself otherwise we will end up finding jobs in other country, and how much can we earn? Now talk about inflation. Yes, cost is going up, but inflation happens in all countries around the world. We import everything we use and we want only quality goods.

Transport fare increases but compare with many other advance city ours is still considered reasonable cheap. Food prices at many coffee shops and hawker centers are very affordable. Many of my overseas friend find our costs of living affordable and reasonable, given the amount of income we are earning. They admire the quality and price of our public housing. They envy the peace and security we enjoy. They wonder how a small island city state, without any natural resources or vast land is able to enjoy such a high level of success. I told them because we are blessed with a good, capable and honest government. Of course there are some fellow citizens who are not doing as well. They really need helps from the government and I know there are many bodies and organizations out there offering helps. There are people talking of free health care, free this and free that. This will means more taxes from the people, and it will also lead to misuse and wastage.

Don’t complain of having to wait for BTO flats. Flats are buying something that can be built over nights. We should instead plan in advance what we want in life accordingly. Government cannot meets every individual expectations or wants, some of which are really unreasonable. It should only work the country overall interest at large and not give in to unreasonable demands.

DESMOND CHUA AIK HONG

*The above was first posted as a comment on PM Lee’s Facebook.

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Modify PSLE to reduce competition among students

Posted by temasektimes on September 28, 2012

Is it possible to modify PSLE so that it is NOT used as a criteria for admission to “good” secondary schools. I see this competition for “good” schools to be the source of the stress and the need for tuition to get more than 95% marks!

If PSLE is to grade students who meet the academic standard and 90% are marked as “pass” with no other distinction, then students who can meet the passing mark has time for other activities to build up their character and social interaction skills and to enjoy their childhood.

If there is lesser difference between “good” and “other” schools, students can go to a school near their home and spend less time on travel or being fetched by their parents.

We can identify leaders for our society based on their actual work experience and leadership in society and not on the academic results.

TAN KIN LIAN

*The above was first posted as a comment on PM Lee’s Facebook.

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